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8 Techniques and Tools for Creating Lessons That Actively Engage Students

November 1, 2016

A Fresh Look at Ideas and Tools to Create Lessons & Assignments That Don’t Bore Students A couple years ago, I wrote the article 8 Engaging Ways to use Technology in the Classroom to Create Lessons That Aren’t Boring. This article offers dozens of powerful free tech tools, and ideas for using them to create […]

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Social Listening: A Powerful, Free Classroom Learning Resource

August 30, 2016

At Your Fingertips: Live (Free) Feeds With Insights Into any Topic From, Resources Across the World If you want to know what the buzz is about current events, politics, sporting events, or anything else that’s going on, social listening can give you insights traditional media channels won’t, in a more real time manner. It can […]

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14 Favorite Plugged-In Technology and Education Experts on Twitter

January 12, 2016

Twitter is … a “Self Paced Research/Learning Tool”. Follow These Smart and Savvy Folks and Learn Every Day! It has never been easier to tap into knowledgeable experts in many fields who are more than happy to share what they know. Being consistently exposed to ideas and insights from educators, technologists, innovators, leaders, and passionate professionals […]

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24 Examples of Using Hashtags for Teaching and Learning

November 9, 2014

So Many Hashtag Ideas and so Little Time! The “hashtag” ( “#”) has become the go-to hot key for trending topics and Twitter discussions. They’re prevalent on Twitter (where they got their start), but they have also seeped into Instagram, Google+, Vine, Tumblr, Pinterest, Facebook, Tagboard and even come up in Google searches and Google […]

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8 Engaging Ways to use Technology in the Classroom to Create Lessons That Aren’t Boring

October 5, 2014

Dozens of free web tools and ideas that can pack a technology integration punch and kick those lessons up a notch Are you tired of delivering the same old lectures on the same subjects year after year? Are you using the same lesson materials over and over and wishing you could make learning in your […]

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Can’t Keep Up with Professional Development? Build Your Personal Learning Network (it’s Never Been Easier)!

February 11, 2014

Today’s Savvy Teachers are Putting the “Learn” in Personal Learning Networks. It should be clear to any educator, or any career-minded individual in any field for that matter, that professional development is invaluable to job advancement. Whether you’re looking to sharpen and deepen the skill set needed for your existing position, or expand your professional […]

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Ed Tech Thought Leader Interview: Innovative CIO Phil Komarny (Part 1 of 2)

January 26, 2014

CIO Phil Komarny has spent many years at the intersection of education and technology. Here, in the first of a new series of education technology thought leadership interviews, Komarny shares his thoroughly informed perspective on mobile learning, iPads in higher education, social media’s role in learning, and more. As a prominent higher education CIO, Phil […]

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Do Social Media Benefit College Students by Engaging Them in the Course Material?

May 1, 2013

Yes! This professor’s Twitter trial increased student engagement and improved grades. If you were to walk the halls of The College of Westchester, what would you see? If you were to walk into the student café, what would you see? If you took a ride in the elevator, what would you see? I’ll tell you. […]

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10 Ways Students Can Use Twitter for Paper Writing

February 20, 2013

It been a while since we’ve posted any content on using Twitter in the academic context, so this submission from Leslie Anglesey is welcomed. These suggestions are directed towards students but teachers may also glean some ideas from them. Please be sure to comment and share your own favorite ways to use Twitter in the […]

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10 More Resources For Getting the Most Out of Cell Phones and Smart Phones in School

May 30, 2012

Most high school and college students have one. Why are we still generally ignoring them as a valid educational tool? In Sunday’s article “Embracing the Cell Phone in the Classroom With Text Messaging Assignments”, we read about one instructor’s perspective on the importance of embracing the cell phone as a communications tool to engage and […]

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